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Like a National Guitar

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I feel that I’ve seen a dystopic future of the United States.

Here I am, visiting Memphis. I want to be clear that the weather is pleasant and I did this stroll in the middle of the day, so there’s no reason to see what I saw. Or, more specifically, to not see what I didn’t see, which is: other humans. I’ve been here for days, and it’s like something out of a science fiction novel. There’s nobody here. Morning, noon, or night, except for the occasional schizophrenic, there isn’t a soul. I took a few photos during my walk (and this is referred to as maps, literally, as Core Downtown):

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Through the Lens of Gaps

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The week of February 5 was devastating for the bulls. The week of February 12 was devastating for the bears. I have a feeling that the shortened week we’re approaching after Presidents’ Day will have the torch back in bear hands. Sure, we might have a little more strength, but we are so deliciously close to major gap fills, I am looking ahead to next week with anticipation (and, admittedly, some anxiety). These markets, in spite of having greatly different components, all pretty much look the same. The emerging markets:

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